Breast Cancer Awareness Month Important for IGA Members
With over 52% of IGA members' workforce being female, October brings heightened awareness to the disease.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and with Iowa's 18 commercial casinos being dedicated to hiring women and promoting them to leadership positions, the IGA wants to lend its support to the awareness effort.
According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, breast cancer will take the lives of 40,000 U.S. women in 2014, and 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime according to breastcancer.org. With those statistics, it's likely that every Iowan has been or will be touched by the trauma of breast cancer in themselves or someone they know.
The Susan G. Komen Foundation recommends "knowing your normal," as every woman's anatomy is unique. Here are some signs that shouldn't be ignored:
- Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area
- Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast
- Change in the size or shape of the breast
- Dimpling or puckering of the skin
Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
- Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast
- Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
- New pain in one spot that does not go away
The IGA supports the health and care of our member casinos' workers and patrons. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a good reminder to schedule a screening or support a friend in need. You can learn more about breast cancer resources in Iowa by visiting Susan G. Komen Iowa.